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Evaluation Officer

Multiple locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: Closed


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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
FAO is a specialized agency leading international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO strives to build more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems.To this end, FAO implements a wide portfolio of projects, programmes, and initiatives across multiple sectors, including fisheries, forestry, animal production and health, land and water, plant production and protection, inclusive rural development, food and nutrition, food systems and safety, social protection, information management systems / data systems for monitoring and decision making, and others. FAO has a growing portfolios of work in the development and humanitarian (emergency and resilience interventions) sectors. FAO conducts its work through a skilled technical workforce and internal and external partnerships.

FAO evaluates the strategic alignment, implementation, efficacy, and efficiency of its portfolio of work through its independent Office of Evaluation (OED), which is led by a Director who reports to the FAO Governing Bodies and to the Director-General. OED evaluates FAO strategies, initiatives, programmes, and projects at the global, regional, and national levels. OED seeks to generate credible and useful evidence and insights to inform decisions, support oversight, and help FAO achieve its mission. In so doing, OED provides results accountability to both member nations and the Director-General. OED also participates in system-wide evaluation initiatives, thereby contributing to assessments of development and humanitarian effectiveness by the UN system. OED values candidates who are highly motivated to excel and want to join OED colleagues in generating transformative knowledge for FAO, its Member nations, and the fields in which FAO operates to achieve its mission of ending hunger.

The position may be located in one of the following duty stations based on OED organizational needs:

• Rome, Italy (headquarters)
• Brussels, Belgium
• Washington, DC, United States
• New York, United States
• Santiago, Chile
• Bangkok, Thailand
• Anyang, South Korea
• Budapest, Hungary
• Cairo, Egypt
• Accra, Ghana
• Nairobi, Kenya

Reporting Lines
The Evaluation Officer reports to a Senior Evaluation Officer.

Technical Focus
Impact evaluations of projects and programmes.

Key Results
Planning, designing, conducting and promoting the use of evaluations, thereby contributing to enhanced results-accountability to the Director-General and the Governing Bodies, enriched learning by the Organization, and mentoring of junior evaluation staff.

Key Functions
• Participates actively and productively in multidisciplinary evaluation teams, often with internal and external partners.
• Leads, designs, and manages mixed-methods evaluations of complex projects, programmes, operations and themes, focused on implementation, outcomes, and, whenever possible, impacts.
• Applies rigorous analytic thinking in leading the analysis of data collected (qualitative and quantitative) and the preparation of evaluation reports and other materials for dissemination.
• Presents findings, conclusions and recommendations of evaluations to relevant audiences.
• Promotes the use of evaluations so that their results are taken into account in the design and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects.
• Liaises and collaborates with other units of the Organization with a view to promoting results-based and evaluation culture, and enhanced learning from evaluations.
• Keeps abreast of methodological developments in evaluation.
• Guides junior evaluation officers and consultants in conducting evaluations.
• Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in a social science field (such as economics, sociology, or psychology) or evaluation, with a focus on research and evaluation methods
• Seven years of demonstrated work experience designing, conducting and leading evaluations.
• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and Spanish.

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Ph.D. is highly desirable.
• Extent and relevance of technical expertise and experience in designing and leading evaluations and managing teams.
• Work experience in fields related to FAO's mission is highly desirable (such as agriculture, nutrition, emergency and resilience and others).
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in conducting evaluations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Proven ability to deliver clear and concise reports and presentations to Senior-level audiences.
• Work experience in more than one location or area of FAO's work, particularly in field positions, is desirable.
• Limited knowledge (intermediate p level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian) is considered an asset.

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